Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister on Tuesday.
Cambodian state media said Hun Sen will visit Myanmar next month, apparently seeking ways to resolve Myanmar’s continued absence from summit meetings in the region.
Hun Sen had invited Burmese Wunna Maung Lwin, who was appointed foreign minister by the military after taking power in February, to Cambodia.
During the meeting, Hun Sen was reportedly invited to Myanmar early next month by the country’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Since the coup, ASEAN member countries have refused to invite Myanmar’s military leader to his summit meetings amid the junta’s continued crackdown on civilian protesters.
Cambodia will assume the rotating presidency of ASEAN for next year.
Hun Sen apparently hopes that next month’s visit to Myanmar will see the country participate in the meetings again.
Tuesday’s meeting came a day after Myanmar’s junta faced criticism around the world for sending Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to prison.
Washington responded strongly, calling its condemnation a further affront to democracy.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “We urge the regime to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all those unjustly detained, including other democratically elected officials.
In a statement, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Thomas Andrews said “Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint are hostages, not criminals.”
He added that the international community must take stronger measures to support the people of Myanmar by refusing the income and arms of the junta.